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Local Farm, Local Teen Go Back To Basics

By Bethany Morgan — Teenagers live in a fast-paced world full of technological distractions. Because of this, we often do not take the time to connect with the natural world or sometimes even our own families. Every year in October I am set free from the distraction of a 21st century teenage life and transported back to a simpler time, ...

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Hiking up to Gardisky Lake and Tioga Peak

Fresh snow was calling and the best place I knew of to view snow covered peaks was in the Tioga Pass area. I wasn’t too sure about how much snow was up there, but our plan was to head up to Gardisky Lake then hike up to Tioga Peak to see the view. We had the snow and we had those views! ...

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Uninterrupted Sleep Or Wee-Hour Awakenings?

By Virginia Eaton — When I was in my 20s and 30s I could sleep for ten hours and wake in the same position in which I fell asleep. As a child I never argued about bedtime, I actually looked forward to it, and as a young adult I loved slipping into the covers, laying my head on the pillow and ...

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Leaf Peeping on the East Side: Convict Lake, June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon

I could hear the east side of the Sierra calling me. I had been hearing some great reports of those aspens turning their orange-reddish colors in some spots and wow, were those reports right! Distance: About 300 Miles Roundtrip Difficulty: Easy Elevational Range: 7,200′ to 8,980′ Date: October 13, 2015 We headed east over Tioga Rd., then south on Hwy 395 about 35 miles to ...

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YHS Class Raises Funds For Wounded Deputy

OAKHURST – Yosemite High School’s fledgling Criminal Justice Class is raising funds to help Mariposa County Deputy Rudy Mirelez, a ten year veteran who was wounded in the line of duty Oct. 1. “The YHS class is raising funds for Deputy Mirelez and his family, and appreciates any amount of money paid by cash or check,” say organizers. Checks should ...

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Señor Browning Recibe Premio A La Excelencia

MADERA COUNTY – Longtime Yosemite High School teacher Steve Browning was recently presented with an Excellence in Education Award naming him Teacher of the Year for Madera County, according to the County Office of Education. Also known as Señor Browning, the gifted and beloved educator teaches Spanish at YHS. “The selection of Senor Browning as Madera County’s Teacher of the ...

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Rethinking River Creek

By Glenn Raggio — AHWAHNEE – Let’s set the record straight about two local golf courses, since there’s been ample discussion on the subject after it was announced last month that one of them would close permanently on October 31: we’re talking about Sierra Meadows closing, and River Creek taking up the slack. I own a house directly on the ...

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History Mystery #33

With Hensley Lake water levels down most of the lake bed is now exposed. Grub Gulch Chapter 41-49 E Clampus Vitus has been doing a research project mapping the location of several historical sites on the dry bed of Hensley Lake and the actual Flume Route on the Fresno River. The preliminary results have been presented to the Army Corps ...

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Hiking with Sally and Raven in Nelder Grove

We were curious if those dogwoods had started turning those beautiful red fall colors yet in Nelder Grove. I could tell the dogs were also looking forward to the adventure! Distance: 6.5 miles (but you can go more or less if you want to) Difficulty: Easy to moderate Elevation Range: 5,242′ – 6,043′ Date: October 5, 2015 Topographic Quad Map: ...

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Just A Regular Day: Man Saves Family From Burning Wreck

MADERA COUNTY – It was just a regular Wednesday for Codee Cardoza and her young kids. They were driving back home from a doctor’s appointment, headed south on a little stretch of Highway 99 that’s under construction, around 3:15 in the afternoon. Baby Ethan, 2, was safely secured in his car seat, and Codee’s daughter Paiden, 9, was buckled up ...

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